Posts from Electronics sector

GoodElectronics demands on the EICC

GoodElectronics presents 5 demands on EICC in new video

In a video statement released today, the GoodElectronics Network present 5 demands on the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition. EICC is a potentially important industry body of electronics brands and manufacturers, that is, however, failing to effectively address major human rights issues in the global electronics industry. Over the past years, the GoodElectronics Network has repeatedly called on EICC to address ongoing problems including low wages, long workhours, no trade unions, and the lack of proper grievance mechanisms. The video statement by GoodElectronics presents concerns and demands, at the occasion of the current EICC Code of Conduct review process.

LabourStart’s annual Global Solidarity Conference

Global solidarity on display in Berlin as trade unionists meet at LabourStart conference

LabourStart’s annual Global Solidarity Conference took place in Berlin this year.360 trade unionists from many different countries came to Germany to take part in workshops, debates, film showings and conversation. The conference theme was “Global Crisis – Global Solidarity”.

Electronics Watch – Improving working conditions in the global electronics industry

Electronics Watch is recruiting the new Board of Trustees

Electronics Watch is now recruiting dedicated Trustees to lead and guide this exciting new organisation through its first years. Nine Trustees will be selected in total. Within the composition of the Board, we are looking to achieve a diverse and vibrant mix of age, gender, ethnic and cultural background, as well as professional experience and expertise within areas of relevance to Electronics Watch.

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Dis-Connecting People – a film by Nokia India Employees’ Union

On International Workers’ Day, Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam (Employees’ Union) releases its film titled ‘Dis-Connecting People’ documenting the voices of workers which has remained muted in the battle between the state and the corporation.

About the Film: Dis-Connecting People (35 mins: 18 Secs)
Finnish Company Nokia Corporation set up its largest mobile phone assembling plant in Sriperumbadur Taluk of Kancheepuram District in Tamil Nadu in 2005. Attracted by the tax concessions offered under Special Economic Zone Act 2005, resource subsidies and an army of cheap labour, Nokia found it profitable to assemble phones in India and sell them globally. In just 5 years the plant produced 500 million phones. It hired over 12,000 workers with majority being young women.

After profiting for 8 years, the company now faces charges of evading taxes to the Indian Government in thousands of crores. Imminent closure of the factory and loss of employment looms large for thousands of workers.

The film documents the voices of workers that have remained largely muted in the din of tax battle between the corporation and the State. They share there experiences of working in Nokia; the happy times of being ‘connected’; of building dreams of becoming ‘middle class’; their fears, anxiety and anger of being ‘dis-connected’ suddenly by the company that they helped ‘profit’ with their hard work; and their resolve to fight for their employment.

For more information contact: Nokia India Thozhilalar Sangam at President-Sarvanan Kumar

This conference will provide a forum where trade union activists from different countries can meet and discuss the most 
important issues facing the international labour movement.

LabourStart Global Solidarity Conference. Berlin 23-25 May 2014

LabourStart ( is the news and campaigning website of the international trade union movement. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in London, LabourStart has held Global Solidarity Conferences in London (2008), Washington (2009), Hamilton, Ontario (2010), Istanbul (2011) and Sydney (2012). In May 2014, the next Global Solidarity Conference will be held in Berlin. The goal… Read more »


Radio interview with FM4 Vienna

Laura Ceresna of Cividep describes the appalling conditions facing workers in the electronics industry in the Chennai region of India to FM 4 Vienna  

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Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms

Cividep India is a partner in SOMO’s Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme, a four-year project (2012-2015) to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for stakeholders who experience adverse impacts on their human rights as a result of business activities. The Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme’s objectives are to: Strengthen the… Read more »

Demonstration in front of the factory gate

Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) not respecting workers’ rights in India

Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) is not respecting workers’ rights in India. Cividep India and the GoodElectronics Network tried to engage with NSN but found the company unresponsive. This summer, talks between the workers’ union and NSN factory management failed. When workers and union representatives staged a protest in front of the NSN factory gate in… Read more »

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Cividep at the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

The Global Forum on Responsible Business conduct which took place at the OECD in Paris from 26-27 June 2013 brought together government, business, trade union, civil society and international organisation representatives to address the core challenge of how to do well while doing no harm in an effort to contribute to sustainable development and enduring social progress. Cividep India was invited to speak at a special event on Human Rights and Internet Freedom in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

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The Dark Side of the Bargain Mobile Phones

The film the ‘Dark Side of the Bargain Mobile Phones’ by Christian Brueser was shot during a visit in 2012 and deals with the living conditions of mobile phone manufacturing workers from the Nokia Tech Park SEZ in South India. The film examines the standard of life workers can afford from the wages they receive and shows the challenges that workers who produce our mobile phones face on a daily basis